Politics & Government

Under the Dome: Today is the sixth day of the 60-day legislative session


"That finishes our work for the day at 8:30 in the morning. Just wait for next week."

Rep. Sam Hunt, D-Olympia, on completing two public hearings in the House Government Operations and Elections Committee in 30 minutes. He is the committee’s chairman.


The House passed legislation Friday to prevent variable tuition at state universities and colleges. Should House Bill 1043 pass the Senate, it would repeal a 2011 law that allows universities to set different tuition rates for undergraduate majors.


The House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee will hold a public hearing for House Bill 2280. The legislation would allow the state lottery to give away a certain number of scratch tickets for free. The bill, by Rep. Cary Condotta, R-East Wenatchee, will be heard at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room E of the John L. O’Brien Building.

In the Senate, the Commerce and Labor Committee will hear Senate Bill 6065. The legislation, introduced by Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima, would prohibit those under the age of 18 from using ultraviolet tanning beds.

The Commerce and Labor Committee will also hear Senate Bill 6103. Introduced by Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe, D-Bothell, it would prohibit misrepresentation of the geographic location of a floral business. Both public hearings will be in Hearing Room 4 of the John A. Cherberg Building at 1:30 p.m.


The House Community Development, Housing and Tribal Affairs Committee will hear public testimony on House Bill 2229. The legislation, proposed by Rep. Jeff Morris, D-Mount Vernon, would set up a structure for the long-term funding of the state tourism marketing program. The public hearing will take place at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room E of the John L. O’Brien Building.

A proposal that would ensure job security for lawmakers should the legislative session extend into special session will receive a public hearing in the House Government Operations and Elections Committee. House Bill 2473, introduced by Rep. Marko Liias, D-Edmonds, will be heard at 10 a.m. in Hearing Room E in the John L. O’Brien Building.


Members of Washington State Gun Rights Across America will hold a rally Sunday on the Capitol Campus. The rally, which begins at noon and is expected to bring more than 400 people to the Capitol, will take place near the Tivoli Fountain.

Behavioral health workers from across Washington will offer a drop-in session from noon-1 p.m. Monday in Room 402 of the John L. O’Brien Building to discuss issues facing their industry.

The 5th annual Muslim Lobby Day is Monday. Gov. Jay Inslee will speak to the more than 500 participants at 10 a.m. at The Olympia Center before they meet with lawmakers.


Rep. Jeff Holy, R-Cheney, introduced House Bill 2423, which would designate Nov. 11 as “Statehood Day,” commemorating the date that Washington became a state.

Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah, proposed Senate Bill 6229, legislation that would provide a good Samaritan with immunity from civil liability should they need to use an epinephrine auto-injector in an emergency.